Near a blinking police camera on Chicago Avenue, young men slouch in doorways thumbing thick piles of cash. They laugh loudly, strutting around the corner before making quick, artful exchanges with customers.
But inside businesses like the Spinn'g Bubble laundromat are neighborhood residents who are carefully folding sheets, simply doing their chores. [snip]
Bennie Hale, on parole for a drug conviction, allegedly charged at Han with a broken whiskey bottle and chased him into the office, according to Han and other witnesses. Once there, Hale knocked him to the floor, hit him with a microwave and pounded him in the chest, Han said.
He was angry because Han has called police before. A woman, folding her laundry later, said simply--they don't sentence them to enough time when they commit a crime.
Hale has four previous felony narcotics convictions.
Legalize drugs to take the profit out of it. And declare war on thugs who beat and menace and murder old men, women and children.